Me: Smiling, sunshine faces.
Nell: Actually those are Waiting for Treats faces. The trick is to focus intently with a winning smile. Harriet is exceptionally skilled. Poppy is over keen.
Me: I think Dave’s winning smile is a bit forced.
Nell: David struggles with the concept of Waiting.
Me: Yes. He is more of an immediate boy.
Nell: He is a product of his time. It’s all now, now, now with these young things and their iBones.
Me: I’d be lost without mine, to be honest.
Nell: Poodle has made them lazy. Nobody looks anything up in books anymore they just Poodle it.
Me: You mean Google.
Nell: I do not. Google isn’t a word. I don’t know why they had to choose a Poodle. I’ve never seen them as particularly wise.
Me: Did you know that it is Mother’s Day in lots of countries today?
Nell: Yes. David asked that know-all Alexa and she droned on and on listing countries.
Me: It’s her job to tell us things, Nell.
Nell: Insisting on us saying her name all the time. Imagine if you had to start every question with Nell and I ignored you if you didn’t?
Me: You often do.
Nell: Anyway, Alice will be celebrating Mother’s Day in Germany with Jonathan Sky no doubt.
Me: Yes, and with Baby Snail too next year.
Nell: We mustn’t forget our friends in the United States, Australia and Canada. Chris is with his girlfriend Shannon and her dear mother Ann.
Me: Yes. It’s almost everywhere today except the UK. I wonder why.
Nell: Ask know-all Alexa.
Me: Let’s just celebrate mothers around the world. Treasure them while you can.
Nell: And remember they are always watching over you from near or afar.
Nell: She is, you know.
Me: Yes. I miss her. Sorry.